80 Years old, renowned Pakistani artist Jamil Naqsh, famous for his calligraphy, pigeons and figurative paintings has been passed away on Thursday (May 16) in the United Kingdom. “He passed away this morning at 5:30am at St Marys Hospital where was admitted four days ago,” the family confirmed.
He had been admitted to the hospital after being infected with pneumonia. Naqsh leaves behind an illustrious career in the field of Fine Arts and will be known as one of the pioneers in redefining Abstract, Still-Life, Calligraphy and many other genres.
Jamil Naqsh had lived a reclusive life in London since 2012. He briefly studied at National College of Arts but quit before obtaining a degree. His work is described as idealized and sensual. Jamil Naqsh mostly painted women and pigeons. He painted women, often integrating it with the elements of horses, pigeons or children. Jamil Naqsh grew up seeing pigeons flutter around in his courtyard. So much of his work included drawings of pigeons. He set up his Karachi studio in a rooftop garden where pigeons were allowed to move around freely and were welcomed as visitors.
In recognition of his contributions, Naqsh was honoured with the Pride of Performance Award in 1989 and Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2009.
Here’s some masterpieces of his paintings
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10 April, 2020